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Happy New Year, Everyone!  banana.gif

 

So, just by way of clarification (for comers both new and old), guidelines for the Book Challenge Thread are as follows:


1) Post the books you read ... or not
2) Post a recommendation ... or not
3) Number your book ... or not
4) Make a goal for how many books you want to read in 2012 ... or not
5) Have fun with books (This one, unfortunately, is MANDATORY

 

Happy reading everyone!

 

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I'm going to try to remember to number my books this year. 

 

1.  Right Behind You by Gail Giles

 

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After setting his seven-year-old neighbor in Alaska on fire, Kip McFarland spends four years in a facility for violent juvenile offenders. When he is released at the age of 14, he, his father, and his new stepmother move to Indiana, with new names. For a while, Wade enjoys a normal life. Eventually, however, despite the warnings of his therapist, he sabotages his happiness in a drunken fit of rage. After he reveals his identity, the town turns on him and his family. Now, a coastal Texas town is their final shot at starting over. The cozy community appears to be a perfect haven, but Wade feels compelled to reveal his past to Sam, the beautiful and mysterious neighbor who is winning his heart—and has a story of her own. Will she still accept him once she finds out he is a murderer?

Finished this book at 12:30am!  I'm such a New Year's Eve party animal!  lol.gif

 

This was an amazing book, especially for me.  It weaves my three main passions (working with emotionally disturbed/violent offending adolescents, positive psychology & Buddhism) into one beautiful and honest story.  

 

 

 

 

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happy new year! this year I want to remember to keep a running list of books I have read; I did that thanks to this thread in 2010, and enjoyed reading over my list.

 

would like to have a goal of one fiction and one nonfiction book per week, but i know that's a bit lofty for me. 52 books will be fine.

 

1. The Upside-Down Kingdom by Donald Kraybill

really enjoyed this. the title refers to the kingdom of God, as described in the gospels and the teachings of Jesus. the author emphasizes the teaching that the hungry will be fed, that the lowly will be lifted up—that, in short, if one follows Jesus the social order gets turned upside-down. pursue love and compassion, rather than power and monetary wealth. my full review is here.


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Hey all -- looking forward to another year reading together!


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Alright ... here's to a 2012 that was better than 2011.  Happy reading everyone!


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2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 

 

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At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor's the reluctant leader of her school's underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can't avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.

 

 

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  I will admit I was a bit frustrated as to what was going on in the first 50+ pages.  There appeared to be two stories being told and I must have been feeling a bit lazy because I didn't want to invest too much brain energy to the 2nd story.  redface.gif   But, after realizing there were strong connections between the two stories... I was absolutely captivated!  I also loved how everything was explained and concluded so beautifully at the end of the book.       

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2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  I will admit I was a bit frustrated as to what was going on in the first 50+ pages.  There appeared to be two stories being told and I must have been feeling a bit lazy because I didn't want to invest too much brain energy to the 2nd story.  redface.gif   But, after realizing there were strong connections between the two stories... I was absolutely captivated!  I also loved how everything was explained and concluded so beautifully at the end of the book.       



 

That's sounds good . . just added it to my 'to read' list.


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Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

 

This book reads like an improv skit from Whose Line is it Anyway? Alternating between the POV's of two New Jersey Jewish men who end up going from one implausible situation to an even more implausible one, and end up setting off a series of Forrest Gump-like events to solve the world's problems . . . while keeping the reader laughing the whole time. Don't expect political correctness, reality or even a lot of logic or plot, but do expect some fun, a lot of laughs and a few too many poop jokes.


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1) Someday this pain will be useful to you by Peter Cameron.

 

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/26/143197825/teenage-struggles-in-a-painful-post-sept-11-world

 

A very quick read, but I really enjoyed it. A slightly different take on "teen angst" and the transition time between ending your high school years and moving on to college.

 

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Looking forward to a great year of reading!

 

January

1. Skipped Parts - Tim Sandlin

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Excited about another year of reading and chatting with you good folks!  Happy New Year everyone!

 

I think my goal last year was 75 books.  I only made it to 60 something, but I read a lot of non-fiction for work.  That's my excuse :)

 

I'm sticking with 75 books for this year again!

 

 

 

Right now I am reading The Sun Also Rises, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant.  The first two are for book clubs.  I'm just cracking open the Henrietta book.  I had to be convinced to continue with the Hemingway.  I find that whole drinking and hooking up all the time and hanging out in cafes lifestyle a little boring.

 

 

Anyway, my first book of the year is one I've been plodding along with my daughter on for a few months. 

 

#1  The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

 

Children's chapter book.  Almost 300 pages.  Fun story, but a little plodding.  One chapter at a time at bedtime and it wasn't always the go to book, so it took us a while.  I've heard the 2nd book is better.

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3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

I read this book (and the 2nd book) last summer while traveling through Europe with ds and loved it.  I'm loved it even more the second time around!  Anyway, I wanted to read it again because I was constantly distracted during the first reading, plus the movie is coming out in March.  Additionally, I still haven't finished the 3rd book.  I got a bit frustrated with it, so hopefully after revisiting the first two, I will be more interested in the 3rd book.  fingersx.gif   

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Mercury in Retrograde by Paul Froelich

 

Chick lit book about three NY women: a reporter, a socialite, and a lawyer and their adventures in work and in love. Kind of a Sex and the City rip-off (even stole the divorced women turned handbag designer which was in one episode). Okay read.


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2) The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.

 

Thoroughly addicted. Up VERY late the last couple of nights finishing this. I have the next book and know I will be very sad when I finish knowing there will be no more books to follow. 

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4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

 

On to the one that I struggled to finish, Mockingjay.  I must admit, I am still a little less inclined to read it again.  I don't like what they do to one of my favorite characters and I did read the last part of the book (Sheepish.gif), so I know how it ends and I didn't like that either.  Oh well, here I go...   

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Feed by M.T. Anderson -- great futuristic YA

 

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko -- funny and touching MG novel about a boy living on Alcatraz Island


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The Most Dangerous Thing, Lippman

 

 

 

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Some secrets can’t be kept . . . .

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared.

But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years.

And then the revelations start.

 

I've enjoyed everything I've read by Lippman in the past, but just found this one sort of bland...while the characters were well-developed, no real suspense as to the big secret, and the ending as a whole just really fell flat for me.

 

 

 

 

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It actually happened on 2 different days, but seems to be fine today.

 


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Crow by Barbara Wright

 

I chose this book because it got so many 5 star reviews on amazon.com, plus starred reviews in all the major journals, but I found it pretty slow going until the last couple of chapters, which I admit were quite exciting. It's the story of an African American boy Moses and the prejudicial treatment he and his family receive in a North Carolina town in 1898--very important stuff to hear and the writing was fine, but I really don't see the story keeping 8-12 year olds interested enough to get to the exciting ending, as up until that point the chapters seem very episodic with no big goal that Moses is trying to achieve--which is what I need to keep me turning those pages. There were also adult themes of rape that are hinted at throughout the book. Seems more like a book adults like and think kids should read.

 

 


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1) Someday this pain will be useful to you by Peter Cameron.

 

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/26/143197825/teenage-struggles-in-a-painful-post-sept-11-world

 

A very quick read, but I really enjoyed it. A slightly different take on "teen angst" and the transition time between ending your high school years and moving on to college.

 

 

read that a year or 2 ago & liked it a lot. glad you enjoyed it.

 

 

 


 

 


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January

1. Skipped Parts - Tim Sandlin

2. The Mill River Recluse - Darcie Chan

3. I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart

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*downloaded lots of free books to Nook over the holidays and the 1st week of the year.  DS is on swim team so I have an hour 3x a week to read or craft.  Crafting has taken over but I'm sure I will switch to reading soon. Also subbing is picking back up and that's an excellent time to read as well (I sub for grades 7 and up mostly and they are pretty independent)


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January

1. Little Bee By Chris Cleave - this is a beautiful story about a horrible situation.  The writing is amazing.

2. Not sure yet, waiting to see what comes in to the library.

 

2011 was my year to begin fiction reading.  My goal was to read 1 fiction book a month and I ended up with 16.  I found a lot of insprition and  suggestions from these threads, but I did not contribute because I was afraid I would jinx myself.

 

 

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January

1. Little Bee By Chris Cleave - this is a beautiful story about a horrible situation.  The writing is amazing.

2. Not sure yet, waiting to see what comes in to the library.

 

2011 was my year to begin fiction reading.  My goal was to read 1 fiction book a month and I ended up with 16.  I found a lot of insprition and  suggestions from these threads, but I did not contribute because I was afraid I would jinx myself.

 

 

I loved "Little Bee" too. Many people I know who read it, had such a hard time with the violence that they were unable to get to the really beautiful parts. I read it twice and did have to skim the "incident" the second time, but I still enjoyed it very much.
 

 

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1. Skipped Parts - Tim Sandlin  (Nook)

2. The Mill River Recluse - Darcie Chan (Nook)

3. I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart (Nook)

4. Mom Still Likes You Best (audio book) - Jane Isay (Library)

5. The Snow Angel - Glenn Beck  (Library)

6. Hurricanes in Paradise - Denise Hildreth (Nook)

 

 

I think this year I will also track the number of books that are Nook vs library vs actual books purchased.  Hopefully this will help me plan better for 2013 and convince me that I do NOT need to buy physical books.  I'm a visual person and I need to see things like this.  yes I can see the 'books read' on my Nook but what I'm trying to get myself to learn isn't seeping in that way.

 

We are starting to have a clutter problem again.  Books are one of those issues.


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3) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson. I, of-course, loved this one as well. Such a ride! I also read that his "life companion", Eva Gabrielsson, is trying to finish the 4th book. but she is fighting a legal battle with Stieg's father and brother.

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Two great reads--totally different:

 

The Good Father by Noah Hawley

 

When Dr. Paul Allen's son Daniel is accused of assassinating a popular presidential candidate, Dr. Allen tries to find out if his son really did it, and if so, why for God's sake. Maybe it was even his (Dr. Allen's) fault. I could not turn the pages of this book fast enough . . . which seems strange because there really wasn't a lot of action to the book. I guess, like the doctor, I too was anxious to find out what would make someone do such a horrible thing. And though this book was filled more with questions than answers--or probably for just that reason--it's definitely a book I'll be thinking about for a long time. Reminds me of David Vann's writing -- dark, disturbing--not for those looking for a feel-good book, that's for sure.

 

Ditched by Robin Mellom

 

It's prom night and Justina has decided this will be a magical night when her relationship with her best friend Ian, will become more than friends. But things go horribly awry and she ends up ditched, in an actual ditch. As she relates the tragedy of her night to a sympathetic 7-11 clerk, the reader finds out all the messy details. This was a crazy, funny, and touching story that teen girls (and teen girls at heart) won't be able to put down.


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3) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson. I, of-course, loved this one as well. Such a ride! I also read that his "life companion", Eva Gabrielsson, is trying to finish the 4th book. but she is fighting a legal battle with Stieg's father and brother.



Oooh, I did not know that!  I hope they work it out.

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Before I die by Jenny Downham (Audiobook)

 

16 year old Tessa has been battling leukemia since she was 12.  The book covers her final year of life and the list of things she wants to do before she dies.

 

A tragic and touching story, which I think was even more powerful via audiobook.  I loved the character of Adam.  He was amazing.  There were so many moments where I was yelling at some of the characters, especially Tessa's best friend, or crying right alongside with them.  The ending was poignant, but so beautiful.    

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